This evening at 5pm will see the opening of an exhibition at the Deaf Cat coffee bar in Rochester, themed around the recent demolition of a heritage site brought about by Medway Council and Medway Renaissance, who thought we’d all much prefer a car park but didn’t actually consult anyone.
Originally, Save Medway’s Heritage (a Facebook campaign group) decided to raise awareness by staging a protest and telling the TV, papers and radio what was going on, and Medway Eyes was invited along in support. The artist Peter Reeds also came along to paint the scene and his work soon became a focal point. Peter went back to the site a few more times to record the demise of the building and to create some beautiful works as though to spite the ongoing destruction.
Those paintings are now the centrepieces of a fine exhibition at a great venue, which we thoroughly recommend.